RiverPark Center will launch its new “Downtown Live” summer entertainment series in May for ages 21 and up.
The program, which will run from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. for 12 Fridays starting May 13, will transform the facility into an “entertainment complex” as the RiverPark Center will use multiple spots and bars throughout the building, The GhostLight Lounge and their outdoor spaces – the Atmos Courtyard and the BB&T Plaza.
“I look forward to using all of the different spaces at RiverPark Center and seeing how it flows from space to space…and using it to its fullest potential,” said Rich Jorn, Executive Director.
The program is currently sponsored by Bud’s Harley-Davidson and Gateway Urgent Care and will incur no entry fee.
Although it happens during the popular “Friday After 5” series, RiverPark Center doesn’t want to take anything away from this event and “aims to create a fun and exciting atmosphere geared toward adults.”
“We wanted to be very respectful,” Jorn said. “Friday After 5, for 25 years, (is) the family entertainment place every Friday evening; that’s why we chose to go for 21+ and not take that away from them or step on their toes and let that be their thing. … For the more adult crowd, if they want to come and be in an adult environment, then we’ll have some stuff for them.
Each week will have a different theme, such as ‘Friends of Farmers Night’ and ‘Ladies’ Night’, hoping to provide guests with new experiences each week.
The series will include games such as cornhole and host a variety of live music as well as beers and cocktails and much more.
Jorn said creating the events and themes was a team effort all around figuring out what staff were interested in seeing and exploring ideas that aren’t mainstream or included in other community events seen at the time. over the years.
“I believe in collaboration,” Jorn said. “…We sat down with all the staff with a whiteboard and dry erase markers and brainstormed ideas (through) brainstorming sessions…. We kind of put things together (us) think people will enjoy and have a good time and things we would go to.
Currently on the schedule for the coming summer is their “Spirits and Brews” launch event on May 13, which will include film screenings by local filmmaker PJ Starks at Cannon Hall, while Owensboro’s own modern herb shop , Moonbow Apothecary & Emporium, “will feature their crystals and all your manifested needs” and “Tarot with the Jordans,” which will feature “two experienced readers who share a name but have different styles of throwing cards.”
The following week will continue with “O’Chella,” the RiverPark version of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on May 20, which will feature a rave party at the Jody Berry Cabaret Theater with selfie stations and more. again in order to get Owensboro in the summer mood.
“Beer Snobs,” taking place one day before RiverPark’s “Hops on the Ohio” beer festival, invites beer lovers to a blind tasting of a variety of domestic and craft beverages on July 8. The person who guesses most correctly will receive tickets to a future RiverPark Center event.
One of the series’ final events will be “Biker Night” on July 29. Sponsored by Bud’s Harley-Davidson, riders and “anyone who likes to have a good time” throughout the community and beyond are invited to hang out and even occasionally show off their bikes in a showroom contest. planned bike.
Jorn said they were looking to get people involved in the show and were open to hearing what people wanted.
“We want the community to be involved, especially the downtown community,” Jorn said. “And we listen – so if someone (goes), ‘Hey, I really like this’, ‘I like this better’ – we listen. We engage with everyone.
If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, contact Jennifer Richardson, Director of Development, at [email protected]
Interested nonprofits, small businesses, and artists and craft vendors who want to showcase their work for free can contact Alex Jorn, Development Assistant, at [email protected]
For more information, contact Rich Jorn at 270-687-2770.